alicekatex | ♡

A british beauty blog about all things health and beauty. I started with beauty but have grown an obsession with being healthy and clean eating. Follow on bloglovin if you want to join me on my blogging journey! I love to throw some lifestyle mosts in for good measure including travel! x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Creamy Mushroom Rostis | Vegan, Plant Based, Healthy

Recently I have been experimenting with food a lot since I am moving more towards a plant based diet. This means I have become much more creative with recipes, creating tasty yet nutritional dishes. I saw these rosti's on Jess's Youtube Channel (Link) and her 'What I eat in a day' videos are plant based/vegan and amazing. I have an obsession with mushrooms so I decided to make some vegan creamy mushrooms by using soya cream. Note: the pictures in the post are not the best quality but the lighting in my uni kitchen is very hard to get right. Despite this, I wanted to get this recipe across!



Ingredients
2 Potatoes
1 Onion
Grated carrot
1 Courgette
Any herbs/spices you would like

A handful of Mushrooms
Soya cream
Garlic

Method
Firstly, grate all the vegetables. I would use a food processor however I do not have one so the grating/thinly slicing of vegetables took some time!

Secondly, mould all the veggies together - you may need to use some flour to do this. Add the herbs and spices of your choice.

Heat some oil up in a pan and fry some of the rosti mixture on each side for about 5 minutes.

Put into the oven to keep warm and set a bit more whilst you fry the other rosti's.

For the creamy mushroom sauce: 
Slice the mushrooms and fry in the pan for about 5 minutes and add the garlic in about half way through. Then add the soya cream and simmer to mix the flavours together for a few more minutes.

Serve and enjoy!







I hope you like this recipe! You can adjust things to how you'd like them but its a very tasty plant based recipe and all those veggies mixed with herbs and spices make for a flavourous lunch.

If you want more tasty plant based recipes, let me know as I am always experimenting as I have an amazing recipe book and watch lot of YouTube videos!

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

My Favourite Places In The World

Hey everyone, how ya doing?

My favourite posts are travel related and I have recently found myself reflecting on amazing places I have been, so I thought I would do a post about it as it may help some of you with your travel search.

Favourite hotel: Ikos Oceania
I visited this hotel last September and it was honestly incredible. It was all inclusive but not the generic tacky place you usually think of. We only visited the buffet on the first night; the rest of the time we had unlimited access to the a la carte restaurants which included Greek, Italian, Asian and French. The decor was very modern; white, open and spacious. It is definitely 5* and I would love to go back. If you would like to read more about it, I did a post: 'My incredible trip to Halkidiki'. If you would like to go to their website, click here



Favourite City: Venice

This city is not only so special to me because my boyfriend took me here for my 21st, but also because it was truly stunning. The architecture in Venice is beautiful and the fact that you can only get around by boat, makes it a very unique city. It feels like a different world and I feel it would be the perfect escape if you are feeling under stress. If stunning visuals don't interest you, then go for the food! Even restaurants that, at first glance, look shabby; are how traditional restaurants are in Italy and have some amazing comfort food. Venice has suburbs, which were technically islands, and we stayed in the famous Murano. Read about my surprise birthday trip HERE. You can look at the hotel I stayed in HERE.






Favourite beach destination:Mexico

I stayed at the Riu Palace Riveria Maya in Mexico over a couple of years ago and the sand was the whitest I have ever seen. The Carribean area is famous for its luscious beaches but I think I preferred Mexico to other Carribean destinations I have visited. Look at those blue waters!





A place where I would happily live: Madrid, Spain

I would love to live in Spain as I am eager to learn the Spanish language. Madrid is the capital city and I feel it is somewhere I could live; for example not too far from the life I know in terms of the shopping and jobs etc. Despite not been beside the sea, a 4 hour drive or a train journey would take you to the gorgeous Spanish shores when the sun is blazing. The weather is very hot in summer though, so I think I would definitely need a pool and some air con! Read about my trip to Madrid HERE.





So there are my favourite places under 4 categories! 

Where would you like to live? What is your favourite city?

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Monday, 21 March 2016

Body shaming or inappropriate?

Helloooo!
Long time no speak! It has been over 3 weeks since I last posted and that is due to the fact that life is hectic right now. I don't know how people run blogs and YouTube and have jobs/uni too, I applaud them!

Anyway, this is very unlike the kind of posts I usually do but I think I would quite like to do more posts on current topics and things I feel passionate about. Today I want to talk to you about sexualisation of a women's bodies.


This post was inspired by the whole Kim K debate. If you didn't know, recently she uploaded another picture of herself naked on her social media profiles. Some people argue that she shouldn't be posting things like that as it is inappropriate whereas others identify it as female sexual self expression. I do understand both sides but then I think that women's bodies can do so many amazing things and should not be viewed purely as sexual objects. It's a confusing debate.

I feel there is 2 ways of seeing it:

In one way, women have so much more to offer than their bodies and posting these images of yourself is objectifying. It is not a good influence to other girls who think they should do the same thing in order to be paid attention.You are showing the world your body and nothing behind it: no personality or intelligence. A lot of men will see this as sexual (unfortunately) and will not see past that.


In another way, women should be able to be expressive with their sexuality and feminism is about doing women doing what they want. Sexual expression should not be a bad thing as it is OK for men.
It is fine for women to be naked on magazines and billboards to sell products; for men's eyes. However when women put pictures up of themselves half naked on their own accord, there is an outrage. And that does not make sense to me.

I see both sides but the last point I made rings clear in my brain. Why is it OK for women to be naked on billboards yet when uploaded to instagram, there is an outcry and you are called 'attention seeking'.

I would love to write posts on my thoughts regarding everyday issues for example feminism, girl hate/love and veganism. I love beauty but I also love politics and I feel that people can be interested in lots of things at a time. Let me know if you'd like that!

What do you think on this issue?

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Monthly Playlist: February 2016

I was inspired by 'What Olivia Did' to do this post. I absolutely love music and listening to it instantly makes me feel happier. I love reading these posts as it gives me inspiration for new songs that I should listen to. I am not too sure you will get this with me though as I listen to pretty generic stuff! I listen to chart music often and I am in love with Taylor Swift (although I must point out I was a big fan back in her 2009 country music days). Anyway, here's a run down of the top songs I have been listening to recently.



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Pillow Talk - ZAYN

Lush Life - Zara Larsson

Cheap thrills - Sia and Sean Paul

Rinse & Repeat - Riton, Kah-Lo

Stay - Kygo and Maty Noyes

Fast Car - Jonas Blue, Dakot

Eyes Shut - Years and Years

WSTRN - In2

Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift

The Feeling - Justin Bieber & Halsey

The Sound - The 1975

If I Could Change Your Mind - HAIM (MK Remix)

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What have you been listening to recently??

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Luxe Beauty Haul



Exams finished, shopping done. I have been spending quite a lot of money recently. Lets just say that exams had finished and I went a bit wild. I went to York Designer Outlet with my mum and was particularly excited about visiting the Cosmetics Company Outlet store. I also went to York for the day with my boyfriend and he kindly bought me the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in 'Dim light'. I have been wanting it for SO long!

Estee Lauder Double Wear / £30 / Outlet Price: £21 ; I find it quite amazing that the CCO does products that are still selling on the high street at full price! They only did cool tone colours but that was perfect as that was what I was after! I have had this foundation in the past (featured in a 2011 post HERE) and it really is amazing full coverage. After a night out recently, my skin has broken out quite badly so this is definitely coming in handy.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer / £33 / Outlet Price: £23 ; Despite owning a lot of make-up, I don't really have that many bronzers. I usually use the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer but I feel it can be quite patchy and doesn't give the best payoff. I have a couple of other cheap ones but have never really invested in a high end bronzer. After using this almost every day, I realise how much of a difference there is between this and my high street bronzers. It gives a really great payoff and the pan is SO big! Therefore, despite being quite pricey, it will last me ages!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Dim light' / £38 / Space NK ; I have been talking about Hourglass for almost two years now but have never got round to getting myself something from the luxury brand. The prices are pretty hefty so I have always put it off. When me and my boyfriend were in York, he was adamant that we go in Space NK (great boyfriend, I know!) I was trying to resist the temptations but was drawn to hourglass and spent a while gazing over the packaging and the iridescent payoffs of all of their products. Out of the blue, James just bought me it despite it's £38 price tag. Luckily I had spent £100 on my Space NK card in the past so we got £5 off but it was still such a lovely gift. It has such a lovely pearly shine and is a gorgeous highlighter. It is more silver toned than the MAC's Soft and Gentle so I'm glad that I have two high end highlighters in both gold and silver.

What do you think of the products I bought? What product from Hourglass would you really recommend? I really want to get their Veil primer...

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Vegan/Plant Based Pancake Recipe!

99% of the time I eat vegan and I am always up for trying new things! Pancake day is so easy as there are so many milk alternatives and eggs really aren't that necessary. The pancake texture is just the same so I don't see the need for milk and eggs anyway really. You can obviously put whatever toppings you want and I would've added fruit if I had some - it would've made the pictures prettier!





Recipe:
For the pancake:
Buckwheat Flour (You can use white flour - buckwheat is all that I had in!)
Almond Milk
Cocoa Powder

Toppings:
Lemon
Sugar
Maple Syrup
Desicated Coconut
Chopped Hazelnuts


I hope you like this post and HAPPY PANCAKE DAY! xxxx

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

DAYTRIP DIARIES: York

The other day, me and my boyfriend decided to go for a day out and as he had never been to York, I thought it would be a lovely idea to go. My home isn't too far from York; yet I can count the times I have been on one hand. It is such a beautiful intricate city so I really wanted my boyfriend to experience it. The day consisted of walking round the shops, going for lunch in the famous 'Bettys Tea Rooms' and I even managed to nip into a random beauticians to get that eyebrow wax that I have been meaning to get for weeks. 



York has some really nice unique shops such as old fashioned sweet shops and your typical souvenir places amongst the cobbled streets. The 'classy' high street stores such as LK Bennett, Whistles, Space NK, Kiehls etc also lay amongst these. There is a high street with all your classic stores and here is where you feel like you could be anywhere in the UK - I'm not so fond of this bit! The cobbled streets and cosy narrow alleys are my favourite.

The Shambles is my best memory of the streets of York and it really feels like you are living 500 years back in time!


We also visited York Minster. It was super windy as you can tell from my interesting stance...


We went for lunch in Bettys Tea Rooms. I wish we had got the classic afternoon tea but instead, I went for a mushroom pasta dish and James went for the prawn, salmon and haddock concoction with fresh orange juice. The fresh juices were lovely, I had the homemade lemonade: always my favourite!.I didn't actually take pictures of my food because I was so hungry that it went straight in my mouth!

Overall, we had a lovely day in York; I think it's a really nice place to go to feel happy! I recommend that if you visit, you either get the train or go to a Park and Ride. We did park and ride (Askham Bar) which is super convenient as there is a bus leaving every 10 minutes and it is £2.40 return. Parking in the centre of York is this price per hour! Just a heads up :)

Hope you enjoyed reading! Which other UK city shall I visit for a nice day out? I think I'd quite like somewhere like Bath.... LOTS OF LOVE,

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